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new Mobile Device Detection module for Drupal

I have published a new Drupal module, allowing you to handle the redirection of users to your mobile site.

You can find the module and documentation here

The module allows you to check what client is visiting your site and display a message with the url of the mobile site, or does an automatic redirection to that site.

The module also gives you a session variable $_SESSION['mobile'] that holds a boolean indicating if the client is a mobile device.

Make your Drupal blog mobile!

This is my first post in a series of tutorials illustrating how the open source Siruna software can help you in making your website mobile. The goal is not to create a mobile site from scratch, but to repurpose your existing sites for display on mobile devices. The advantage is that you do not lose time by creating a complete new mobile theme, and Siruna assists in making some usability choices.
Drupal is currently not aware of mobile devices and delivers a very bad "out-of-the-box" solution to serve these devices. At the other hand, Drupal is very suited for mobile transformations because of the well structured theming.

Start of a new technical blog

Welcome to this new Blog dealing about mobility and more specific Mobile Drupal. The blog will publish the result of one of my current consulting jobs, involving the creation of a set of tools for helping Drupal developers in making their sites mobile. The blog is an attempt to deliver a very practical approach in making mobile sites and gather some feedback from the community. I hope you won't mind that during my discourse, I will have a natural preference for using Siruna as an adaptation service... But more on this later.

Currently mobile presence gets more and more attention, and the predictions are very positive ... e.g. Smartphone growth according Gartner, but still data subscribers are not yet booming...